Muskogee Teen died after jumping from cliff at Lake Tenkiller

Friday, 15 June 2018 09:50

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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old Muskogee man drowned on June 14, 2018.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:57pm at Burnt Cabin Cliffs on Lake Tenkiller in Cherokee County.

According to the OHP report, Cody Hancock, an 18-year-old male from Muskogee jumped from a 15 ft. cliff, surfaced, and started struggling and then went under the water.

Other swimmers attempted to help but were not able to bring Hancock to the surface.

A surface search was conducted that Thursday evening, but search operations were suspended due to darkness.

The search resumed at approximately 6am on Friday and his body was recovered at 8:24am, eleven feet under the surface of the water on a rock cliff ledge by the Cherokee Nation Marshalls dive team.


His body released to Reed Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah and transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Tulsa.


The accident was Investigated by OHP, the OHP Marine Enforcement Division, Keys Fire Department, Cookson Fire Department, Sixshooter Marina and Cherokee Nation Marshalls Dive Team.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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